The course aims to provide a grounding in ethics and bioethics, especially as they apply to medical practice and health policy. During the course we will explore the ethical issues surrounding clinical practice and technological advances in medicine, and consider questions such as:
- Does a ‘conscience clause’ adequately safeguard the rights of colleagues who object to abortion?
- How should public health services be prioritised so that access is fair?
- Should smokers and drinkers be placed lower on waiting lists for treatment?
- Can we justify compulsory treatment for some mental illnesses?
- Should patients with advanced dementia be ‘helped to die’?
These and many more difficult and important questions often have to be handled by practitioners at moments of strain or when time is at a premium. This course allows for systematic study of the foundations for ethical practice and policy. All teaching takes place at the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre. Student performance on the BA has been excellent with an outstanding attainment of II:1 and first-class degrees.This programme is distinctive in that it is one of the few Intercalated Biomedical or Health Care Ethics degrees available in the UK that is taught by academic philosophers, thus giving students access to the teaching and supervision of disciplinary specialists in philosophical ethics. This programme is also available to study as an MA, with the opportunity to complete a dissertation in an Health Care Ethics area. If you are interested in the MA further information is available here. This programme is also taught alongside a professional MA, enabling students to study alongside experienced health care professionals.